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Stamp and gold postbox to celebrate Ellie Simmonds' gold medal

Stamp celebrating Ellie Simmonds' gold medal Credit: Royal Mail

Royal Mail has produced a stamp honouring Walsall's Ellie Simmonds' gold medal triumph in yesterday's (1 September) 400m freestyle final.

It is the first time a host country has issued a set of stamps to celebrate Paralympic gold medallists.

Tomorrow, Royal Mail will also paint one of its red post boxes gold in Ellie's home town.

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Midlands swimmer breaks world record

Ellie Simmonds (right) after winning gold and setting a new world record Credit: PA

Ellie Simmonds from Walsall broke a world record at the British Gas Swimming Championships in London this evening, securing an Olympic spot for the 200m individual medley.

The double Paralympic champion set a new world record of 3:08.14.

Sascha Kindred from Herefordshire also won the men's equivalent race, with a time of 2:48.44.

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